Guest post by Donna Maurer
Many of us follow our favorite celebrities religiously. From the latest fashion trends to the best drinks at Starbucks, celebrities are the original influencers- making their mark long before social media became all the rage in the early 2000s. Celebrities have influenced our culture for many decades, and when it comes to makeup and beauty, their secrets are some of the most sought after.
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Whether you’re looking for glowing skin or you want to master the perfect cat eye, you couldn’t ask for a better way to up your beauty game than to learn from the ones who make beauty their business! Check out these top celebrity beauty secrets and learn how they discovered these innovative ways to get their glow on!
Exfoliation is a Must
Christie Brinkley says she has exfoliated her face every single day for the last 40 years! She credits her fresh, smooth, ageless complexion to her exfoliation routine. The key is to use a gentle exfoliating serum that removes dead, dry skin without scrubbing which can damage the skin. Christie said she picked up the habit after reading in a magazine that men often look five years younger than women who are their same age. That’s because they shave every day, and the daily exfoliation with shaving helps keep their skin looking younger.
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Amp up Your Glow
We all know and love Riverdale star Lili Reinhart’s youthful glow! What’s her secret? She amps up her glow by adding a little extra something to her foundation. Try mixing a few drops of your favorite lightweight facial oil into your foundation before you apply it. Lili says it will give you a lit-from-within glow, no matter how tired and dull your skin is looking that day. She learned this trick from celebrity makeup artists on the Riverdale set!
Pull off Taylor’s Perfect Red Lips
There’s no doubt that Taylor Swift’s gorgeous red lips are high maintenance and hard to pull off. She admits it took her a lot of practice to get it right. How does she do it? She starts by applying a layer of red lipstick and then blotting it with a tissue. Next, she puts a clean tissue over her lips, applies powder and presses her lips together. After a second coat of lipstick, the look lasts much longer and it won’t smear as easily.
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Eat Your Greens to Keep Acne Away
After working closely with her esthetician, Olivia Culpo realized that making some key changes in her diet would keep acne at bay. She learned that what you put in your body affects your skin just as much, if not more than what you put on it. The first change she made was to cut sugar, and she says it made a huge difference. Incorporating more greens into her diet also helped to clear up her skin and give her that healthy glow we all know and love.
Get Back to Basics
Priyanka Chopra says she has tons of skincare recipes and beauty secrets that have been passed down in her family and culture for generations. For her, they continue to work amazingly well. She swears by an easy, three-ingredient face mask recipe using ingredients you can typically find in your fridge. Mix equal parts (1 teaspoon each) of yogurt and honey plus ½ teaspoon of turmeric and apply. According to Priyanka, this DIY face mask brightens up dull skin and adds a natural glow!
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DIY Facial for Dewy-Smooth Skin
Supermodel Cindy Crawford credits her age-defying complexion to a beauty secret from Cleopatra. She gives herself regular milk facials milk to keep her skin fresh and glowing. To try the technique yourself, make this easy DIY milk mask and let it sit on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse. Milk works beautifully to moisturize and rejuvenate dull, dry complexion – thanks to gently exfoliating lactic acid that brightens and smooths skin.
Beauty Hack for Gorgeous, Glossy Hair
Blake Lively’s perfectly tousled tresses are absolute perfection! She has revealed that she uses mayonnaise as a hair mask. Mayonnaise contains hair-healthy ingredients like egg, lemon juice and vinegar that help boost shine and lock in moisture for luscious locks. Blake was taught the mayonnaise hair hack by her mother. Just apply mayonnaise on the bottom half of your hair and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off. That way, the shampoo wouldn’t strip or dry out your hair. Apparently, Salma Hayek also uses the mayonnaise trick to keep her hair healthy and beautiful!
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Don’t Skip the SPF
If there’s one thing celebrity esthetician Shani Darden has learned from consulting with celebrities like Jessica Alba and Chrissy Teigen, it’s the importance of sunscreen. She says these ladies wear it every day, with no exceptions, and it really shows in their youthful complexions.
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Keep it Simple
Hailey Bieber has totally mastered the no-makeup makeup look by paying attention to makeup artists backstage at runway shows. Sometimes, the simplest techniques produce better results than expensive tools. Her top tip is to put a little foundation in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and then press the foundation into your skin. The warmness of your hands and the pressing motions create a flawless, skin-like finish you just can’t get with a brush or sponge.
Go Natural with Your Skincare
Leona Lewis is a big believer in natural, DIY skincare. Her mom is a herbalist, and they make their own moisturizers and mix skincare oils right in the kitchen. She says her Guyanese grandmother has amazing skin thanks to the natural oils she uses in her skincare. Leona follows her grandmother’s routine religiously, and she’s clearly on to something because her skin looks amazing!
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Experimenting Can Be Good, Too
On the other hand, Sofia Vergara recommends experimenting with new products every now and then to see what works best for your skin. She loves trying new products and anytime she hears someone in the beauty industry comment that they’ve seen great results with a certain product, she buys it and tries it out. Although not every product works out, she’s found some holy grail products this way.
Whether you’re a high-maintenance beauty with a 10-step skincare routine or someone who likes to stick to the simple and natural, you’re sure to pick up a trick or two from these celebrity beauty hacks. Surprisingly, most of these celebrity beauty secrets are extremely affordable, easy and accessible, so we can all give them a try. It’s never too late to learn how to treat your skin right from those who make beauty their business!